One of my favorite things to crochet are dolls inspired by fictional characters. The first one I ever made was Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and it was so much fun that I knew it was all over. 🙂 I wanted to make a page for reference, both for myself and for you guys, if you’re fangirls like me!
At the top is a gallery of all the dolls so far, and links to the posts about them. Next are details on materials and a link to the wonderful pattern by “By Hook, By Hand.” 🙂
Fringe: September the Observer
Sarah J. Maas books: Feyre
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier: Cat and Maya
Now let’s do some of the details!
It’s amazing how many supplies are needed for a tiny amigurumi doll!
- Worsted weight yarn in skin color. I usually use Red Heart Super Saver in Aran, Buff, or Warm Brown, but sometimes RHSS doesn’t have the exact skin tone, so I use another brand.
- Yarn for hair – either thin yarn, or WW with the plies separated and straightened. Curly hair uses worsted-weight yarn.
- G (4.00 MM) hook
- Yarn needle & needle and thread
- 2 x 12 MM safety eyes. I’ve been getting the clear ones so the backs can be painted with nail polish.
- Pipe cleaners, for poseable limbs
- Toothpicks to strengthen neck
- Polyfil stuffing
- And, of course, whatever yarn is necessary for the clothing!
The Doll Pattern
I used the AMAZING “Mini Free Spirit” pattern from By Hook, By Hand for all these dolls. I took three rows out of the head to make it more spherical, because my gauge works up differently, it seems. It’s an incredible pattern, and Beth is generous enough to provide it for free. By far my favorite doll-making pattern!
Here are a couple basic patterns I made up for hair and clothes, all using a G (4.00 MM) hook and worsted-weight yarn.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring
Rnd 2-5: Work in back loops for the entire wig cap. Do the increases as directed in the pattern (a basic 6-st circle).
Rnd 6-7: Increase 3 sts in each of these rounds.
Rnd 8-10: Sc in each st around. At end of last rnd, sl st, fasten off and leave the end as long as you want the hair.
Row 1: Foundation dc 20.
Row 2: Ch 2, turn, 2 dc in next 3 sts, sk 5, 2 dc in next 5 sts, sk 5, 2 dc in last 2 sts.
Row 3: Ch 2, turn, dc across with 4 increases randomly thrown in. (It’s obviously a very precise procedure!)
Fasten off, sew back together after you put it on the doll. The neck opening is too small to fit over her hips.
Row 1: Foundation dc 24, sl st to form a ring.
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in each st around, sl st to join.
Row 3: Ch 2, dc 12, sl st to first dc. Dc in remaining 12 sts, sl st to first st. This divides the leg holes.
Row 4 (starting the separate leg): Ch 1, dc in next 12 sts, sl st to join.
Row 5-8 (or however long you want it): Ch 2, dc around, sl st to join.
Fasten off first leg, repeat Rows 5-8 on the other leg. Weave in ends. Sew the small gap of the foundation double crochets together. I like to sew the pants to the shirt, otherwise they’ll fall down.
I’ve been lucky enough to bring these dolls along to several book signings and actually interact with a few of the authors. 🙂
I made Cat and Maya from Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier for my final project in my college English class. You can read more about the project here! ^_^ My teacher suggested I send pictures to the author, Raina Telgemeier. Then the author actually shared the dolls on her Facebook and Twitter pages, and I almost exploded from fangirling. She’s the nicest person! 😀
Amigurumi Feyre went to the A Court of Wings and Ruin launch party at Powell’s Books. She has now been in the presence (admittedly far away) of her author!
I got to attend the release party for Winter, which was a real live ball (hence the dress!), and I got to meet Marissa Meyer and show her the dolls. She was so nice and said she really liked them. ^__^ It was one of the best days of my life! ❤